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Icon: Julius Katchen

Icon: Julius Katchen

Jed Distler pays tribute to the American pianist who was renowned for his assured, big pianism and his daring recordings of Brahms – but who tragically died aged 42
The Critics' Choice 2018: our favourite recordings of the year

The Critics' Choice 2018: our favourite recordings of the year

Our critics each choose a favourite recording from the past 12 months. If you’re after the perfect gift guide for Christmas, look no further!
Video: Charlie Chaplin the composer

Video: Charlie Chaplin the composer

Philippe Quint's new album 'Chaplin's Smile' celebrates the great comedian's musical talent

Gramophone Classical Music Christmas Quiz!

50 classical music-themed questions, set by our Editor-in-Chief James Jolly
The Specialist's Guide to Orchestral Christmas Carols

The Specialist's Guide to Orchestral Christmas Carols

Music for Christmas takes many forms, as we all know. Jeremy Nicholas recommends recordings of pieces in the medley-esque orchestral and/or choral genre based on selections of popular carols
Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Christmas Carols – which recording is best?

Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Christmas Carols – which recording is best?

Jeremy Dibble surveys the available recordings of Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols and chooses his favourite
Christmas carols: a thriving tradition

Christmas carols: a thriving tradition

We live in a golden age of Christmas carol composition. Ivan Moody considers the challenges of writing new seasonal music and the ways in which they are met by today’s composers
‘Glad Tidings’ by William M Spittle (1858-1917)

The history of the traditional Christmas carol

Jeremy Nicholas reveals the intriguing history of the traditional Christmas carol and speaks to conductors, composers and clergy about why carols remain so popular
Video premiere: Cecilia Bartoli's Vivaldi – animated!

Video premiere: Cecilia Bartoli's Vivaldi – animated!

Introducing the brand new animated video from Bartoli's Vivaldi album

Video of the day: a captivating Schumann Symphony No 4 from Frankfurt

Marek Janowski conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Schumann's Fourth Symphony

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